su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow

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Recent Examples on the Web This particular Christmas version is traditionally made with suet (which is raw beef or mutton fat), eggs, brown sugar, breadcrumbs, spices, dried fruits and, last -- but certainly not least --- brandy. Jais Tollette, USA TODAY, "You've sung about figgy pudding since childhood Christmases but do you know what it is?," 24 Dec. 2019 Sieve together the flour, salt, mixed spice and add all the other dry ingredients; dried fruit, suet, breadcrumbs, mixed peel, chopped crystalised ginger, apples, prunes, brown sugar, orange and lemon zest. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bake Like a Royal! The Christmas Pudding Recipe Used By Prince George and the Queen," 22 Dec. 2019 In warm weather suet goes bad quickly, which is not good for birds. oregonlive, "How to put out the welcome mat for birds this winter," 29 Oct. 2019 The cakes, dense with ginger and other spices and suet, are a true taste of the past. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "These Delicious Christmas Pastries Rely on More Than Nostalgia," 6 Dec. 2019 People enjoy watching woodpeckers going at suet blocks. oregonlive, "How to put out the welcome mat for birds this winter," 29 Oct. 2019 To open a whole new type of bird to your landscape feeding program, consider feeding suet. Calvin Finch,, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019 The mincemeat, generally used to make mincemeat pie during the holidays, includes beef, suet, apples, raisins and spices. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield,, "West Carroll: New Windsor to celebrate 175 years of incorporation; Union Bridge Fire Company hosting several events," 30 Sep. 2019 Audubon recommends mixed seeds or black oil sunflower seeds for attracting chickadees and finches and hanging a suet feeder for woodpeckers. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of suet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suet

Middle English sewet, from Anglo-French suet, siuet, from seu, su hard animal fat, from Latin sebum

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The first known use of suet was in the 14th century

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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suet

: a type of hard fat that is found in cows and sheep


su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Kids Definition of suet

: the hard fat around the kidneys in beef and mutton from which tallow is made


su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Medical Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow and that in prepared form is used in some pharmaceutical ointments

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